Student in Sec 14 crash charged with reckless driving


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 02 Jul 2003

BY RAPHAEL WONG

PETALING JAYA: A college student whose car rammed into several diners outside a restaurant here two months ago, killing a sales promoter, was charged in a magistrate’s court here yesterday. 

Charlene Joseph Jindi, 21, was charged with driving in a reckless and dangerous manner, which caused the death of Nur Shuhaila Tajudin, 19. 

'NOT GUILTY' PLEA::Charlene being led out of the Petaling Jaya magistrate's court yesterday after she claimed trial to the reckless driving charge.

She had allegedly committed the offence along Jalan 14/14, Section 14, Jalan Semangat on May 25 about 2.15am. 

After the charge was read to Charlene and asked by the court interpreter to state her plea, the Sarawakian calmly said: “Tak mengaku salah” (not guilty). 

Section 41(1) of the amended Road Transport Act carries a mandatory jail term of between two and 10 years as well as a fine of between RM5,000 and RM10,000, if convicted. 

Charlene, who was clad in a black dress with a translucent floral shawl, was unrepresented while Chief Insp Thong Seng Kong prosecuted. 

Magistrate Yasmin Abd Razak fixed bail at RM5,000 and set Sept 8 for mention to allow Charlene to appoint a lawyer. 

She also had Charlene’s driving licence revoked until the disposal of the case. 

Charlene’s father posted her bail. 

Her father and a family member used a plastic file to shield Charlene, who had already used her shawl to cover her face, from press photographers as they left the courtroom at 11.30am. 

According to an earlier report, Nur Shuhaila, who was having supper with four friends, died at University Malaya Medical Centre four hours after a car rammed into her and her friends. 

Nur Shuhaila’s friends and another two male customers were warded for various injuries. Two others received outpatient treatment. 

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